The Washington Capitals returned home from the west coast on Tuesday following their 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. The Capitals next face the New Jersey Devils on Thursday at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7PM ET.
John Carlson, who has been out since being hit in the head by a shot on December 23, skated with the team for the first time, in a non-contact jersey. He has another doctor’s appointment today. He will meet with the media this week.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) March 8, 2023
Martin Fehervary (lower body injury) skated in a full contact jersey, indicating he is close to returning to the lineup. Nick Jensen skated in a non-contact jersey. Jensen will “most likely” be unavailable tomorrow against the Devils but Fehervary is “more of a day-to-day situation” and could suit up, per Peter Laviolette.
The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals at Wednesday’s practice:
Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Anthony Mantha
Sonny Milano — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson
Conor Sheary — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Rasmus Sandin — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Alex Alexeyev – Martin Fehervary
Matt Irwin – Gabriel Carlsson
Extras: Vinny Iorio, John Carlson, Nick Jensen
Craig Smith did not practice. He went back to Boston to collect belongings. Will be back tomorrow.
Nate Wessel, from Glenwood, lived out his dream with the Washington Capitals. The 14-year-old signed a contract with the Capitals.
SIGNED! Nate Wessel, from Glenwood, is about to live out his dream with the Washington Capitals.
The 14-year-old has signed a contract with the #ALLCAPS .
— Shawn Stepner (@StepnerWMAR) March 8, 2023
Nate was at MedStar Capitals Iceplex with Make-A-Wish Mid Atlantic. He has had three open heart surgeries and is thriving!
STAT OF THE DAY
The Capitals were trounced in possession metrics in their last game. The Kings led in five-on-five shot attempts, 53-27, scoring chances 33-12, high-danger chances, 19-4, expected goals for percentage, 79.03% to 20.97% and expected goals for 3.55 to .94. – the Capitals worst possession metrics for a game this season (65 games).
As a result, the Capitals team expected goals for percentage has sunk to 50.75%, the lowest it’s been since mid-December.
[The statistics used in this post are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick, MoneyPuck and the NoVa Caps Advanced Analytics Model (NCAAM). If you’d like to learn more about the statistical terms used in this post, please check out our NHL Analytics Glossary]
DOWN ON THE FARM
Joe Snively continues his impressive play in Hershey. He made an eye-popping cross-ice feed to setup Mike Vecchione for a score over the weekend.
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) March 4, 2023
Bogdan Trineyev and Dynamo Moscow face Nizhny Novgorod in game 4 of their first round playoff series on Wednesday. Dynamo leads the series 2-1. Trineyev, 21, has an assist in the first three games of the series.
The Hershey Bears announced today that forward Kale Kessy has been traded to the Colorado Eagles in exchange for future considerations.
- This British pop star had the Capitals blueliner all starry eyed. Player Q and A – Martin Fehervary [NHLPA]
New Blue Jakub Vrana relishes fresh start after a tough go in Detroit [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
Sharks’ Erik Karlsson gets 10-minute misconduct for throwing helmet after non-call [the Score]
Retiring Nashville Predators GM David Poile hoping he has set up team for a bright future [Ottawa Sun]
And finally, T.J. Oshie retuning home after a long road trip, regardless of results, puts a smile on anybody’s face. 😁
Win, lose or draw, this puts a smile on my face. (🎥@ lauren.Oshie) pic.twitter.com/seMqbPok7t
— #ALLCAPS (@JonItBe) March 8, 2023